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Fluctuating BP and Stroke Lowered Patient Survival Rate

ad enough blood flow that it might still be saved with aggressive treatment. This differs from the infarcted tissue, which is damaged beyond repair.

Since death due to stroke increases among older patients and those who have more severe strokes, the data collected was adjusted for both factors. Just over half the 71 patients were male. Ages ranged from 26 to 98, with the mean at 75 years. One-fourth of the patients had suffered a prior stroke. Three-fourths had a history of hypertension. All the patients arrived at the emergency department within 24 hours of stroke symptoms appearing, 82 percent of them within two hours of the onset of symptoms. Of the 71 patients studied, 20 (28 percent) died within 90 days. Cause of death in most cases was the acute stroke.

The researchers note that this relatively small initial study should be replicated with a larger sample as a next step. They also indicate that the group of patients studied represented a slightly higher percentage of more severe strokes.

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